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CA - Netflix film on women surfing equality to include Half Moon Bay

A feature film for Netflix about the fight for gender equality in surfing competitions, like Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, is in the works from the production company of actress Charlize Theron.

A feature film for Netflix about the fight for gender equality in surfing competitions, like Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, is in the works from the production company of actress Charlize Theron.

The film, first reported by Variety, will feature the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing, also known as Surf Equity, which fights for women’s rights in the surfing and sports world. The film will be based on five Surf Equity co-founders, Paige Alms, Keala Kennelly, Andrea Moller, Bianca Valenti and coast resident Sabrina Brennan, highlighting their fight to include and ensure equal treatment for women in surf competitions like Mavericks.

“I think the film has the potential to speak to a broad audience about access, equity, inclusion and equality,” Brennan said.

Theron’s production company called Denver and Delilah signed a deal with Netflix in June to produce the film. Filmmaker Niki Caro will produce it.

Brennan, who also was previously a San Mateo County Harbor District commissioner, said while she doesn’t know the plot details, she said it would be a narrative film based on the 2019 New York Times Magazine article, “The Fight for Gender Equality in One of the Most Dangerous Sports on Earth.” She believes the film can go beyond surfing and provide an exciting insight into women’s big wave surfing and increase visibility and equity.

“It still feels kind of shocking that that is going to happen,” Brennan said.

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